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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo provided by the family via The Washington Post shows Noah Pozner. The six-year-old was one of the victims in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. A New York City woman who posed Pozner's aunt and solicited money was sentenced on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 to eight months in prison. (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)

Woman in fraud case gets 8 months

HARTFORD (AP) — A New York City woman who posed as the aunt of a boy killed in the Newtown elementary school shooting and solicited money was sentenced on Tuesday to eight months in prison.

Nouel Alba, 37, pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of wire fraud and making false statements.

Starting on the day of the shootings last December, prosecutors said, Alba used Facebook, emails, text messages and telephone calls to falsely claim to be the aunt of 6-year-old Noah Pozner.

Authorities said she told people she was collecting donations for a funeral fund on behalf of families of victims.

Alba’s sentencing followed an emotional statement given in court by Mark Mattioli, father of 6-year-old victim James Mattioli.

Special assistant U.S. attorney Jonathan Francis argued for prison time, saying Alba’s actions had caused emotional harm to the community and created a chilling effect on charitable giving.

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